Real People Media (RPM) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization building community by helping people share personal stories through the literary, visual, performing and media arts. These stories help people "step into another's shoes" so that we create understanding and compassion for others in our community and beyond. The organization owns and operates the Keweenaw Storytelling Center in Calumet, Michigan which is located in a historic 1948 Woolworth's building. The building was gifted to the organization by the Family Dollar Corporation in 2019. The building at the time had just suffered a major roof collapse (1/4 of the roof), which necessitated a full renovation of the structure. (see photos under facility) Since 2010, RPM has helped individuals and organizations share stories which educated, entertain, and inspire.
RPM hosts storytelling events and classes, provides visual artists with exhibit space, and performance opportunities for storytellers. We provide storytelling activities for all ages, from puppet shows for children, animation and media classes for teens and theatrical events for adults. Come share your story!
An Evening with Comedian Andy Beningo
September 9th at 7pm
With over 3,000 career performances worldwide, Andy Beningo has established himself as one of the most in demand comedians working today. Hailed for his clean and "every man" style, Andy has performed for Fortune 500 companies, on cruise lines, and in some of the top comedy clubs in the country. Along the way, he has been named one of the 40 Best Up and Coming Comedians in the country, as well as "Best Comedian" by both the Detroit Metro Times and Detroit Hour magazine!
The story of the underwater panther as told by Veronica Medicine
Animated Stories of the Copper Country!
Real People Media has applied for funding to produce "Animated Stories of the Copper Country" The project is similar to a project conducted by the nonprofit StoryCorps. Watch the video above and below to get a sense of the project!! To support this and projects like this, make a donation today.
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